Roma returned to Europe after the Benevento disappointment. We had not been able to create any dangers despite Dzeko, Pedro and El Sharaawy together later with Borja Mayoral. Too many forwards stamping on each other’s feet. Too much confusion in seeking unlikely solutions to undermine their excellent defense.
In the end, a strong disappointment for not having brought home the three points. A wasted opportunity to shorten the gap with Milan. An opportunity that now comes back against the Rossoneri on Sunday evening. Same goes for the Europa League. Mission accomplished against Braga, ready for the last 16 clash against another former team of Paulo Fonseca.
We meet Shakthar Donetsk reminiscent of that incredible save by Peres on the line a few years that took us forward in the Champions League. Only three opponents now separate us with the cup final. Who knows if it will be the right time. But now Milan arrives, already back from the defeat with Inter in the derby, now slipped behind the Nerazzurri. Watershed challenge. A Milan that always remains dangerous despite an evident decline.
But we are still crippled with injuries, out Smalling and Ibañez in defense, and without Edin Dzeko, too. Cristante will play with Mancini and with either Fazio or Jesus, if Kumbulla is not fit. The team can continue the positive streak, let’s resume the journey, we now have El Sharaawy as the extra ace to play upfront. This is the real opportunity. We have to beat Milan. Time to beat competitor teams at the top. The definitive leap that will give us momentum also for the European journey. Forza Roma.